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ALBERTA HUNTER: My Castle's Rockin'
ALBERTA HUNTER My Castle's Rockin'
Actors: Alberta Hunter, Billy Taylor
Director: V.I.E.W. Video
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2001     0hr 57min

An American Film Festival Winner, this performance documentary DVD, Alberta Hunter: My Castle s Rockin , explores the life, times, and music of a Blues and Jazz pioneer, singer Alberta Hunter. Complete with a full-length c...  more »


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Actors: Alberta Hunter, Billy Taylor
Director: V.I.E.W. Video
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Biography
Studio: V.I.E.W. Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 0hr 57min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Award Winning Performance Documentary!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This award-winning performance documentary, which includes a full-length concert from The Cookery in Greenwich Village, tells the story of a legendary singer/songwriter who retired at 62 and made a comeback at 82. The Los Angeles Times called it "an exhilarating, moving portrait of an extraordinary woman."#1331 (60 min, Hi-Fi Stereo)"
What A Great Voice | usa | 05/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Alberta Hunter is a Great Talent.She is in Command Here.You Feel The Pressence of Her Voice&The Feelings She Puts into it Have So Much Depth."
I'm so glad I bought this on
Chris bct | San Diego, CA USA | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's actually 4 records: 1977's Remember My Name, a soundtrack she wrote the songs for apparently and sang when she was 82, her first release since her last record, I guess, at age 62. Her second album is Amtrak Blues from 1978 age 83, then The Glory of Alberta Hunter 1981 age 86 and, finally, Look for the Silver Lining from 1982 at age 87. There is also a CD called Downhearted Blues Live at the Cookery. She also has another live release Jazz live at the Smithsonian. Yow.

Her voice is so wonderful at this later age. Similar, to me, with Johnny Cash where I prefer his voice in his last decade much more than his first 2 or 3 decades. Same with Alberta Hunter. I don't really care for her work from the 20's through 40's. But this stuff is stunning. She has so much gusto and presence and to have the chance to see her live show here is a real treat."
It won awards? Glad to hear that.
Chris Albertson | New York, NY United States | 09/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since I wrote script Billy Taylor reads in this documentary (which, by the way, is a documentary and not, as stated above, a concert film) I am delighted to see that it won awards! Odd that I had to find that out here, isn't it? Anyway, Alberta was a wonderful person who led a fascinating life and had a long career. One hour was really not enough to say all there was to say, but I hope the documentary is a good summation. It is sad that Alberta did not live to see the end result. She passed away as we were producing it."